2004 Major League Baseball season

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2004 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 4, 2004 – October 27, 2004
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
NL: Barry Bonds (SFG)
League Postseason
AL champions Boston Red Sox
  AL runners-up New York Yankees
NL champions St. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-up Houston Astros
World Series
Champions Boston Red Sox
  Runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series MVP Manny Ramirez (BOS)
MLB seasons

The 2004 Major League Baseball season ended when the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in a four-game World Series sweep. This season was particularly notable since the Red Sox championship broke the 86-year-long popular myth known as the Curse of the Bambino. The Red Sox were also the third sports team to ever come back from a 3–0 postseason series deficit, in the ALCS against the New York Yankees.

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Ichiro Suzuki SEA .372 Barry Bonds SF .362
HR Manny Ramírez BOS 43 Adrián Beltré LAD 48
RBI Miguel Tejada BAL 150 Vinny Castilla COL 131
Wins Curt Schilling BOS 21 Roy Oswalt HOU 20
ERA Johan Santana MIN 2.61 Jake Peavy SD 2.27
SO Johan Santana MIN 265 Randy Johnson ARI 290
SV Mariano Rivera NYY 53 Armando Benítez FLA
Jason Isringhausen STL
47
SB Carl Crawford TB 59 Scott Podsednik MIL 70

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 92 70 0.568 49–32 43–38
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 9 46–35 37–44
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 12 44–37 36–45
Detroit Tigers 72 90 0.444 20 38–43 34–47
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 34 33–47 25–57


AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 101 61 0.623 57–24 44–37
Boston Red Sox 98 64 0.605 3 55–26 43–38
Baltimore Orioles 78 84 0.481 23 38–43 40–41
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 70 91 0.435 30½ 41–39 29–52
Toronto Blue Jays 67 94 0.416 33½ 40–41 27–53


AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Anaheim Angels 92 70 0.568 45–36 47–34
Oakland Athletics 91 71 0.562 1 52–29 39–42
Texas Rangers 89 73 0.549 3 51–30 38–43
Seattle Mariners 63 99 0.389 29 38–44 25–55


National League
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 0.648 53–28 52–29
Houston Astros 92 70 0.568 13 48–33 44–37
Chicago Cubs 89 73 0.549 16 45–37 44–36
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 29 40–41 36–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 72 89 0.447 32½ 39–41 33–48
Milwaukee Brewers 67 94 0.416 37½ 36–45 31–49


NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 96 66 0.593 49–32 47–34
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 0.531 10 42–39 44–37
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 13 42–38 41–41
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 25 38–43 33–48
Montreal Expos 67 95 0.414 29 35–45 32–50


NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 93 69 0.574 49–32 44–37
San Francisco Giants 91 71 0.562 2 47–35 44–36
San Diego Padres 87 75 0.537 6 42–39 45–36
Colorado Rockies 68 94 0.420 25 38–43 30–51
Arizona Diamondbacks 51 111 0.315 42 29–52 22–59


Managers[edit]

American League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Anaheim Angels Mike Scioscia
Baltimore Orioles Lee Mazzilli
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona Won the World Series
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers Alan Trammell
Kansas City Royals Tony Pena
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre
Oakland Athletics Ken Macha
Seattle Mariners Bob Melvin
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Lou Piniella
Texas Rangers Buck Showalter
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons

National League[edit]

Team Manager Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Brenly Replaced during the season by Al Pedrique
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Dusty Baker
Cincinnati Reds Dave Miley
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Jack McKeon
Houston Astros± Jimy Williams Replaced during the season by Phil Garner
Los Angeles Dodgers Jim Tracy
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
Montreal Expos Frank Robinson
New York Mets Art Howe
Philadelphia Phillies Larry Bowa
Pittsburgh Pirates Lloyd McClendon
St. Louis Cardinals Tony LaRussa Won the National League pennant
San Diego Padres Bruce Bochy
San Francisco Giants Felipe Alou

±hosted the MLB All Star Game

Postseason[edit]

  • World Series Champions – Boston Red Sox
  • Playoffs – October 4 to 27, 2004.
  Division Series
(ESPN/Fox)
League Championship Series
(Fox)
World Series
(Fox)
                           
  1  New York Yankees 3  
3  Minnesota Twins 1  
  1  New York Yankees 3  
American League
  4  Boston Red Sox 4  
2  Anaheim Angels 0
  4  Boston Red Sox 3  
    AL4  Boston Red Sox 4
  NL1  St. Louis Cardinals 0
  3  Los Angeles Dodgers 1  
1  St. Louis Cardinals 3  
  1  St. Louis Cardinals 4
National League
  4  Houston Astros 3  
2  Atlanta Braves 2
  4  Houston Astros 3  

Milestones[edit]

The following players reached major milestones in 2004:

500 Home Run Club[edit]

Ken Griffey, Jr – June 20

300 Wins Club[edit]

Greg Maddux – August 7, 2004

Single-Season Hits Record Broken[edit]

Ichiro Suzuki – 262 Hits (broke George Sisler's 84 year-old record of 257)

Awards[edit]

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Jason Bay (PIT) Bobby Crosby (OAK)
Cy Young Award Roger Clemens (HOU) Johan Santana (MIN)
Manager of the Year Bobby Cox (ATL) Buck Showalter (TEX)
Most Valuable Player Barry Bonds (SF) Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (CHC) Kenny Rogers (DET)
Catcher Mike Matheny (SF) Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Derrek Lee (CHC) Darin Erstad (ANA)
2nd Base Luis Castillo (FLA) Bret Boone (SEA)
3rd Base Mike Lowell (FLA) Eric Chavez (OAK)
Shortstop Omar Vizquel (SF) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Bobby Abreu (PHI)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Vernon Wells (TOR)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Liván Hernández (MTL) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Johnny Estrada (ATL) Víctor Martínez (CLE)
Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Mark Teixeira (TEX)
2nd Base Mark Loretta (SD) Alfonso Soriano (TEX)
3rd Base Adrián Beltré (LAD) Melvin Mora (BAL)
Shortstop Jack Wilson (PIT) Miguel Tejada (BAL)
Outfield Bobby Abreu (PHI)
Barry Bonds (SF)
Jim Edmonds (STL)
Vladimir Guerrero (ANA)
Manny Ramirez (BOS)
Gary Sheffield (NYY)

Other awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Carlos Beltrán Barry Bonds
May Melvin Mora Lance Berkman
June Iván Rodríguez Jim Thome
July Mark Teixeira Jim Edmonds
August Ichiro Suzuki Barry Bonds
September Vladimir Guerrero Adrián Beltré

Pitcher of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Kevin Brown Roger Clemens
May Mark Buehrle Jason Schmidt
June Mark Mulder Carl Pavano
July Johan Santana Russ Ortiz
August Johan Santana Jake Peavy
September Johan Santana Carlos Zambrano

Rookie of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Gerald Laird Khalil Greene
May Kevin Youkilis Terrmel Sledge
June Bobby Crosby Jason Bay
July Robb Quinlan Jason Bay
August Frank Francisco Khalil Greene
September Ross Gload Jason Bay

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